President Trump is receiving rare praise from a Democrat lawmaker on his decision to return troops currently stationed in Syria.
Trump first announced his intent to remove the U.S. military presence in the country last week in a tweet. The president said that his only intention for remaining in Syria was the defeat of ISIS — and they are defeated.
Now, Trump wants the soldiers home, a decision which Congressman Ro Khanna applauded as “spot-on.”
Populist Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) wrote an op-ed on Saturday for the Washington Post charging that Democrats should applaud, not chastise, President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. Khanna then urged to end America’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.
Congressman Khanna, who has called for a less interventionist foreign policy, said that Congressional Democrats should not “pile on” the president’s foreign policy discussions without offering an alternative vision.
We should applaud the president’s desire to put an end to these interventions, but should challenge him to assemble a team that does so with better planning and diplomacy. We should articulate a foreign policy doctrine of responsible withdrawal that prioritizes restraint and human rights.
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Khanna contended that Trump’s withdrawal puts him in compliance with legislation which requires congressional approval should the president engage in a war or lengthy military engagement. Since the executive branch did not have congressional approval to be in Syria in the first place, Trump’s decision to leave now sets things right.
“Before any administration official can advocate keeping troops in Syria to fight the Islamic State, Congress needs to offer authorization,” Khanna said, per Breitbart.
Khanna similarly said Trump’s decision to remove troops from Afghanistan was “spot-on.”
“In the case of Afghanistan, Trump announced that we will be reducing our troop level by 7,000,” the California congressman said. “This is, fortunately, a reversal of his deployment of 3,000 troops there in September 2017. His instincts as a candidate of ending the war and bringing our troops home were spot-on.”
Khanna said he is well aware of the political differences between him and the president but is glad to find some agreement on how they can help make America great again.
“I am not pollyannaish about the deep partisan battles that divide us,” Khanna said. “But when it comes to ensuring that America remains the global leader, with all that implies for freedom and democracy, let us take inspiration from Adams and find common ground in a foreign policy of greater restraint, one that would entail responsibly extricating ourselves from bad wars.”
“Let us focus on developing our capabilities and talents here at home to be a model for the world,” Khanna concluded.
Republican Senator Rand Paul similarly offered praise to Trump over the decision to limit the United States’ involvement overseas.
Paul said, per Breitbart:
I think people believe we’ve been at war too long, in too many places and we do need to turn attention to problems we have at home here, roads, bridges, schools. We have a lot of problems in our country, and people are tired of spending —we spent several trillion dollars on these wars everywhere, and the president promised he would be different. It’s one of the reasons he won because he actually attracts independence who aren’t beholden to either party who say why don’t we turn attention back to America?”